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Frieze Foundation: Frieze Projects East open as part of London 2012 Festival

Frieze Foundation is pleased to announce that Frieze Projects East will open from 18 July 2012. Curated and produced by Frieze Foundation, Frieze Projects East is a series of six new public art projects that form part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Frieze Projects East is Frieze Foundation’s first pro- gramme in public spaces.

The artists that are taking part in Frieze Projects East are: Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Gary Webb and Klaus Weber, as well as Ruth Ewan, the recipient of the CREATE art award. The series has been programmed by Frieze Foundation curator Sarah McCrory.

The projects are taking place in the six east London Host Boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and will seek to engage both local audiences and visitors to the area.

Frieze Projects East has been commissioned by CREATE and The London 2012 Festival as part of their commitment to bring the best artists to east London in 2012. The series receives significant funding support from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.

Sarah McCrory said of the new series: ‘For the first time Frieze Foundation is producing a number of projects outside Frieze Art Fair. Frieze Projects East is to take place in the Olympic host boroughs of east London, where Frieze is based and in which many of us live. The projects have relationships with the communities in which they are based but stay true to the artists’ vision and ambition. It has been a great opportunity to deliver projects by international artists to a local audience and to continue the commitment to producing significant challenging works since the inception of the fair in 2003.’

Ruth Mackenzie, Director of Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, remarked: ‘We’re delighted to be a co-commissioner of Frieze Projects East, which is one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival. East London is now one of Europe’s most exciting artistic centres and these commissions reflect the overall values of the Games in terms of of audience development and regeneration. They also introduce us to works by new and emerging artists.’

Hadrian Garrard, CREATE Director, observed: ‘CREATE works to connect artists with the communities of east London in ambitious, surprising and meaningful ways. So we are delighted to be working with Frieze Foundation and bringing their internationally-renowned programme to east London for the first time. From giant inflatables giving new life to Poplar Baths to beautiful sculptures that encourage families to play, these projects have been created to inspire public involvement and pleasure.’

Like all work produced under the auspices of Frieze Foundation, Frieze Projects East will realize ambitious ideas in exceptional environments.

The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week nationwide celebration that will run until 9 September bringing together leading artists from across the world with the best from the UK.

The CREATE 2012 summer programme runs until the end of August and features new commissions and artistic collaborations in numerous venues across east London.

More information on Frieze Projects East including location details and times is available at:

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Notes to Editors

Can Altay: Distributed

Location: William Morris Gallery and selected municipal and social housing (Waltham Forest), E17.

Can Altay’s artwork will be found distributed across key buildings in Waltham Forest. Over twenty large, mirror-ball like sculptures will be placed on doors. The works are intended to be touched, used and handled by the local communities that live and work in Waltham Forest.

Accompanying the artwork, a series of discursive pamphlets will be published and distributed. Altay’s temporary residence at the William Morris Gallery during August will consist of workshops and talks discussing and recording reactions to the artwork.

Can Altay (b. 1975) is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul. He works between the fields of architecture, art, design and social commentary. Often taking the form of research projects or mixed media installations, his work explores and delineates individuals’ relationships with their urban environments.

Sarnath Banerjee: Gallery of Losers, (Non-performers, almost-winners, under- achievers, almost-made-its)

Location: Selected billboards throughout host boroughs and in local newspapers

Sarnath Banerjee’s graphic illustrations will be presented across posters, billboards, local newspapers and hoardings throughout the Olympic boroughs. Banerjee’s humorous graphic narratives reference and draw on the shared history of competitive sport, from the personal to the universal, and the local to the international.

The stories depict his own failed forays into amateur sports, alongside better- known partial successes in Olympic history.

Banerjee’s work taps into a collective consciousness of sporting near misses – or, the people who almost made it – and aims to resonate with both local communities and visitors to the London 2012 games.

Sarnath Banerjee (b. 1972) is an Indian artist based in New Delhi and Berlin. His bold graphic works centre on universal themes, common experience and his Indian background and culture. Anecdotal and autobiographical in nature, his stories are imbued with humour and immediacy.

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne: Love

Location: Poplar Baths (Tower Hamlets), E14.

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne will inhabit Poplar Baths with large brightly- coloured suspended and free-standing inflatable sculptures. Referencing the famous LOVE sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana, Byrne and Hamilton’s installation also draws on the visual languages of art deco – inspired by the period in which the building was re-opened as a vibrant bathhouse, music hall and theatre. The inflatables incorporate influences from advertising, popular culture, psychedelia and an underlying cheeky sexuality.

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne’s collaboration extends the duo’s interest in the theatrical and sensory experience of art. The project will allow visitors to access the spectacular art deco interior of Poplar Baths which first opened in 1852. Rebuilt in the 1930s as a huge sport, health and leisure complex; the baths has been closed to the public since the early 1980s.

Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978) and Nicholas Byrne (b. 1979) are British artists based in London.

This collaboration will bring together their practices of sensate sculptural installation and figurative painting.

Gary Webb: Squeaky Clean

Location: Charlton Park (Greenwich), SE7.

Webb’s commission for Frieze Projects East will see the construction of a permanent and interactive public sculpture that will be installed within a popular community park. Built from steamed wood, polished aluminum and cast resin, the work combines brightly coloured and large-scale public sculpture with elements of modular playground equipment. Webb’s sculptural exploration into material and form and his E-number saccharine colour-palette is available for children to clamber on as a living artwork.

Gary Webb (b. 1973) is a British artist based in London. Gary Webb’s sculptural works reference and draw on an array of disparate elements from material culture. Combining the forms and traditions of 20th-century sculpture with the synthetic materials and methods of the design industry, his works appear as idiosyncratic, nonsensical and playful propositions.

Klaus Weber: Sandfountain

Location: 5 Sugar House Lane, (Newham) E15.

Weber’s commission will present a distinctive take on a traditional way to artificially ornament a site. ‘Sandfountain’ will take the form of a traditional three-tiered fountain but will be engineered to propel sand rather than water. The artist has made several previous fountain projects. Like them, ‘Sandfountain’ is part visual-pun, part spectacle, both confounding our material expectations and emphasising its own artifice.

Klaus Weber (b. 1967) is a German artist based in Berlin. His humorous and anarchic works highlight our precarious relationship with nature, alongside our perpetual quest for advancement and perceived knowledge. Weber’s often modified and hybrid interventions and objects act as counterpoints to and interruptions within our everyday reality.

Please note: Klaus Weber’s work will be on view 1–26 August 2012.

Ruth Ewan: The CREATE Art Award, Liberties of the Savoy

Artist Ruth Ewan has been working with a group of creative mentors and more than 200 young people from across east London to create The Liberties of the Savoy, drawing inspiration from events that took place in 14th-century London. On 17 July, young people from across the six Olympic host boroughs will travel to The Savoy’s Lancaster Ballroom to create a unique event inspired by the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Throughout the planning and execution of the event, the young participants have been made responsible for every aspect of the project including the menu, music, performance, design and transport. They will be temporarily granted Liberties of the Savoy for one afternoon. The event is exclusively for the participants while the process and final event will be documented on film and in print.

Ruth Ewan (b. 1980) is a British artist based in London. Working across print, performance and installation, Ruth Ewan’s work draws on research into radical histories to realise socially engaged projects which often involve the collaboration and participation of others.

Produced with additional support from The Savoy.

The CREATE Art Award is the largest participatory art award in the UK and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Additional information

Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Art Fair, comprising artist commissions, talks, films, music and education. Since 2003 Frieze Foundation has produced 97 new works from 132 artists. For more information see:

CREATE brings inspiring, engaging art and performance to hundreds of thousands of people. By building virtuous circles between artists, creative organisations
and local people, it strives to nurture and grow the creative ambitions of our community. CREATE commissions and produces work by emerging local artists and established international figures, and brings east London’s young residents behind the scenes with a programme of workshops, skills development and job placements. Hundreds of thousands of people attended last year1s festival events and CREATE will continue to deliver exciting commissions after 2012. CREATE 2012’s main sponsor is Deutsche Bank. For more information please visit

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